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  • Logan Forsythe absent from Dodgers lineup
    Logan Forsythe is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: He's getting a maintenance day. Forsythe has struggled since the All-Star break, batting just .188 over 16 at-bats. Chase Utley will fill in at second and bat leadoff against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Today, 3:35 pm
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Nunez (hamstring) back in Giants' lineup
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is back in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Nunez wasn't in the lineup Wednesday but singled as a pinch-hitter later in the game. He's been dealing with hamstring issues for about a month and the Giants are obviously going to err on the side of caution with the trade deadline coming up. Nunez will start at third base and bat second Thursday against right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. Today, 3:20 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Angels officially release Danny Espinosa
    Angels released 2B Danny Espinosa.

    Advice: Espinosa cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Sunday. The 30-year-old hasn't hit a lick this year, batting an ugly .162 with 91 strikeouts in 228 at-bats. He'll resurface at some point but will probably have to settle for a minor league deal. Today, 2:13 pm
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  • Dustin Pedroia hits three-run homer
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Pedroia drove in nine runs during the four-game series against Toronto. He has 26 RBI in his last 20 games, matching his total from his first 59 games. Today, 2:08 pm
  • Flaherty (shoulder) a week away from rehab
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on July 27.

    Advice: Flaherty's recovery from shoulder tendinitis has had plenty of stops and starts but it looks like he'll be game-ready in about a week. The veteran utility man has hit just .233 with no homers over 30 at-bats this season. Today, 1:43 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 4-5 vs Tex
  • Rutledge to begin rehab assignment Thursday
    Josh Rutledge (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

    Advice: He's batting fifth and DHing at home against Norfolk. Rutledge has been out a month with a concussion but appears to be on the mend. When healthy, he'll occupy a third base platoon with Brock Holt. Of course, that's assuming Boston doesn't add a third baseman at the trade deadline. Today, 1:33 pm
    7-Day DL
    L, 8-6 vs Tor
  • Jonathan Villar goes 2-for-5
    Jonathan Villar, who didn't start Tuesday or Wednesday, went 2-for-5 as the Brewers' leadoff man Thursday.

    Advice: Unfortunately, he was caught stealing on his steal attempt. Villar is hitting .250 with a .286 OBP in 72 at-bats since coming off the disabled list last month. It looked like he'd reclaim that starting job at second base when he played well in his first few games back, but he's just treading water now. Today, 1:11 pm
    L, 4-2 @Pit
  • Wilmer Flores homers in Mets' comeback
    Wilmer Flores delivered a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning Thursday as part of the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Flores' homer tied the game off Brett Cecil. The Mets went on to win it in the ninth when Jose Reyes was credited with a game-ending infield single after Trevor Rosenthal failed to cover first base. Flores was on the bench today for the sixth time in seven games since the second half started. The Mets prefer T.J. Rivera at third base at the moment. Today, 12:39 pm
    W, 3-2 vs StL
  • Rangers DFA infielder Pete Kozma
    Rangers designated INF Pete Kozma for assignment.

    Advice: Kozma was batting .111/.200/.194 in 41 plate appearances with the Rangers. The 29-year-old infielder has just four extra-base hits in his last 188 major league games. Today, 12:32 pm
    New Player Note
    Pete Kozma Tex - 2B,3B,SS
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    Top 6, 5-4 @Bal
  • Tulowitzki out of Jays' lineup on Thursday
    Troy Tulowitzki is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Ryan Goins will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus Red Sox right-hander Doug Fister. Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar is also receiving a breather in the matinee game at Fenway Park. Today, 8:41 am
  • Bogaerts (hand) back in lineup vs. Blue Jays
    Xander Bogaerts (hand) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Bogaerts missed a couple of games with a small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He is starting at shortstop and hitting sixth on Thursday afternoon versus Toronto left-hander Francisco Liriano. Today, 7:10 am
  • Cozart out of Reds' lineup on Thursday
    Zack Cozart is absent from the Reds' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart went 4-for-6 with a home run in Wednesday night's win over Arizona, but Jose Peraza will get the start at shortstop in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Scooter Gennett is at second base. Today, 7:05 am
    L, 12-2 vs Ari
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) pinch-hit Wed.
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) hit a pinch-hit single Wednesday in the Giants' win over the Indians.

    Advice: Nunez was held out of the starting lineup due to hamstring tightness, though that was mostly a precautionary move as the 30-year-old third baseman is one of the Giants' more attractive trade chips. There's known to be serious interest from the Red Sox. If he's healthy, Nunez is almost certain to be dealt before the July 31 deadline. Today, 5:41 am
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Cozart goes 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI
    Zack Cozart went 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in an extra-inning, 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He started things off with an RBI single in the first inning and busted a solo home run in the third frame off starter Zack Greinke. The veteran shortstop has always been a wizard in the field but this is the first season he has excelled at the dish. He was the National League starter at shortstop in his first All Star game last week. He is a free agent at the end of this season and is a prime candidate to be traded before the end of the month. He is batting .321/.400/.566 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI and 45 runs scored in 70 games. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
    L, 12-2 vs Ari
  • Corey Seager homers in rout
    Corey Seager went 3-for-4 with his 15th homer and three RBI as the Dodgers topped the White Sox 9-1 in a rain-shortened game Wednesday,

    Advice: With the outcome hardly in doubt, the game was called after a quick delay in the eighth. Seager had actually been pulled before the delay in an effort to steal the shortstop a little extra rest. He’s hit in nine straight games and is batting .301 overall. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Enrique Hernandez homers twice in win
    Enrique Hernandez delivered a pair of solo homers Wednesday in the rout of the White Sox.

    Advice: Hernandez has 10 homers in 194 at-bats this year after hitting seven in 202 at-bats in 2015 and seven in 216 at-bats last season. He's still batting just .216, and he doesn't deserve any sort of expanded role against righties. He makes for a nice bench player, though. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Harrison goes 3-for-5 with a run scored Wed.
    Josh Harrison went 3-for-5 and scored a run in a win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He singled and scored the game's first run in the early going. The versatile veteran provides positional flexibility in addition to a well-rounded if not spectacular stat line. He is slashing .277/.355/.434 with 11 longballs, 41 runs scored, 31 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Yesterday, 8:45 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Mil
  • Schoop goes 3-for-4 with three RBI Wednesday
    Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: He doubled to drive in two runs in the third inning and plated another run with a single in the seventh. The 25-year-old second baseman now rocks a studly .300 batting average in addition to 18 home runs, 54 runs scored and 60 RBI. The only thing he doesn't do is steal bases. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia knocks in three more runs
    Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk Wednesday in the win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a strong night offensively, but Pedroia lost his errorless streak, getting charged with a miscue for the first time this season (he also had one Tuesday, but Fenway official scoring was typically kind to him). Pedroia is batting .353 with three homers and 20 RBI in 16 games this month. 24 of his 49 RBI this season have some in his last 20 games. Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • Jose Ramirez hits two-run single against SFG
    Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Ramirez continues to out-and-out roll this season. In Wednesday's game, he hit a two-run single off Matt Cain in the third inning to give the Tribe a 3-1 advantage. They would hold a 4-2 lead heading to the bottom of the eighth, when the Giants broke through for three runs to flip the score. For the campaign as a whole, Ramirez is slashing a sparkling .324/.378/.580 with 17 homers, 50 RBI and 10 steals over the course of 92 games played. Yesterday, 5:18 pm
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,OF
  • Trevor Story socks two-run homer in victory
    Trevor Story went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, an RBI triple and three runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Story was one of several offensive stars for the Rockies in the 18-4 blowout, a rout in which they racked up 21 hits as a team. The shortstop came through with an RBI triple off Clayton Richard in the third inning, then took that one base further with a two-run home run (again off Richard) in the fourth. For the season as a whole, Story is hitting .235/.312/.422 with 12 homers and 43 RBI across 277 at-bats. Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Cory Spangenberg whacks three-run homer
    Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Spangenberg, who cracked a three-run homer off Jon Gray in the sixth inning, was essentially the entire offense for the Padres in what ended as an 18-4 demolition. He has picked up six hits in his last 15 at-bats, including a pair of three-run dingers. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) nearing rehab games
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) could start into a minor league rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: The hope as of several days ago was that Flaherty would be able to start a rehab assignment this week, but the Orioles held off on that. He should see minor league games soon, though. Flaherty is currently on the shelf with right shoulder tendinitis. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 4-5 vs Tex
  • Neil Walker (hamstring) set for rehab assign.
    Neil Walker (hamstring) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday.

    Advice: Walker has been on the shelf with a strained left hamstring since mid-June. He tested out the leg by running on Monday. Assuming he does not suffer a setback during the planned minor league rehab assignment, he could potentially return to action some time before the end of July. Yesterday, 1:18 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-2 vs StL
  • Xander Bogaerts (hand) not in lineup vs. TOR
    Xander Bogaerts (hand) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Bogaerts has been deemed day-to-day with a muscle contusion and small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He sat on Tuesday and will do so again on Wednesday. Deven Marrero is manning short in his place against the Jays and is hitting ninth. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Russell goes 4-for-4 in Cubs' win vs. ATL
    Addison Russell went 4-for-4 with two RBI in the Cubs' victory over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Russell opened the game's scoring with an RBI double in the top of the second and he plated Javier Baez with a ground-rule double in the seventh. Russell also singled twice in the afternoon win at SunTrust Park -- the Cubs' sixth win in six games since the All-Star break. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Javier Baez stays hot in win over Braves
    Javier Baez finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in the Cubs' defeat of the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Baez gave the Cubs three insurance runs with his bomb to center field in the top of the eighth inning. The 24-year-old infielder has 10 hits (two doubles, two homers) and six RBI over his last four games. Yesterday, 12:47 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
  • La Stella homers off bench Wednesday
    Tommy La Stella went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk off the bench Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: La Stella was called into duty at third base after Kris Bryant sprained his left pinkie on a slide in the top of the first inning. He could get another couple starts at the hot corner this week while Bryant recovers. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Correa undergoes surgery on thumb ligament
    Carlos Correa underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

    Advice: Correa posted a picture from the hospital Wednesday on his Instagram page, with this caption: "Successful Surgery, now ready for what's next." The star shortstop is likely to be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks, until probably early-to-mid September. Marwin Gonzalez and Alex Bregman are expected to handle shortstop duties in Houston, with Colin Moran possibly getting some run at third base. Yesterday, 12:33 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Eduardo Nunez out with hamstring tightness
    Eduardo Nunez is out of the Giants' starting lineup on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Nunez is an important trade chip for the Giants, so they'll play this one safe. The 30-year-old third baseman has dealt with hamstring problems throughout this season, and throughout the latter part of his eight-year MLB career. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday morning that Nunez is drawing serious interest from the Red Sox. Yesterday, 11:46 am
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Red Sox 'have their eye on' Eduardo Nunez
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Red Sox "have their eye on" Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez.

    Advice: Boston was known to be in talks for Todd Frazier before the White Sox shipped him to the rival Yankees late Tuesday night as part of a seven-player swap. Nunez is a decent pivot, though he doesn't hit for as much power as Frazier and has always carried durability issues. The 30-year-old impending free agent is batting .295/.319/.407 with four home runs and 17 stolen bases in 69 games this season for San Francisco. Yesterday, 9:13 am
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Eduardo Nunez records game-winning hit
    Eduardo Nunez posted a walk-off single in the 10th inning Tuesday, propelling the Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Indians.

    Advice: Nunez collected two hits over five at-bats, starting a new streak after his eight-game run was ended in Monday's interleague series opener. While he doesn't provide a lot of pop, Nunez has posted 19 doubles with 26 RBI and 17 stolen bases across 275 at-bats to make himself a useful middle infielder option in plenty of fantasy formats. Yesterday, 1:24 am
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Javier Baez reaches the seats in road win
    Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-1 victory in Atlanta.

    Advice: Baez has come alive nicely over the past few games, going 7-for-12 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and three RBI over his past three outings. He was mired in a 7-for-37 (.189) skid prior to the streak of three straight multi-hit performances. Yesterday, 12:18 am
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
  • Cozart provides only spark for Reds in loss
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart went 3-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits, including a first-inning solo dinger off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray, and two runs scored; the rest of his Reds teammates went 3-for-27 with a pair of extra-base hits, including no homers, and zero runs scored. It was another day at the office for the 31-year-old, who's now hitting .313/.395/.548 overall. Cozart is sure to remain a name floated in trade rumors in the coming weeks, even if the Reds don't end up dealing him. Tuesday, 10:51 pm
    L, 12-2 vs Ari
  • Bogaerts diagnosed with sprain in right hand
    Xander Bogaerts has been diagnosed with a muscle contusion and small sprain of a joint in his right hand.

    Advice: Bogaerts was scratched from the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, though he did appear as a pinch-runner in the 15-inning affair. The shortstop is considered day-to-day. Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts appears as pinch-runner
    Xander Bogaerts, who didn't start because of a sore hand, appeared as a pinch-runner in Tuesday's 15-inning game versus Toronto.

    Advice: Bogaerts entered the game in the 11th, though he didn't stay in for defense afterwards. It's unclear whether he'll start Wednesday. Tuesday, 10:22 pm
  • Troy Tulowitzki goes 4-for-7 in loss
    Troy Tulowitzki went 4-for-7 with an RBI in Tuesday's 15-inning game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad is that he probably cost the team the game with his atrocious baserunning. First, he stayed glued to third as the go-ahead run in the eighth while Dustin Pedroia turned a grounder into a double play. Later, in the 13th, he turned the most routine of Green Monster doubles into a single because he was apparently deked by Andrew Benintendi in left. He was then caught stealing on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play. At no time did it seem that any effort was present. Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Harrison hits two-run homer against Brewers
    Josh Harrison hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Harrison went deep off Brewers starter Junior Guerra in the sixth inning to tie the game. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The All-Star has had a rough go of it in the handful of games since the break, going 2-for-17, but he's still hitting .272/.352/.429 with 11 homers and 10 steals on the year. Tuesday, 9:34 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Mil
  • Didi Gregorius hits 12th homer in win
    Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday to propel the Yankees past the Twins 6-3.

    Advice: Gregorius was hitting just .198 over his previous 28 games, but the power has kept coming; he's up to 12 homers in 275 at-bats this year. He's basically hitting exactly like he did last year, when he was a nice surprise in supplying 20 homers. Tuesday, 9:13 pm
  • Bogaerts scratched Tuesday with sore hand
    Xander Bogaerts was scratched from the Red Sox lineup Tuesday due to a sore right hand.

    Advice: Bogaerts took a pitch off the hand July 6 at Tampa Bay and has been dealing with discomfort ever since. Boston is hopeful it's just a day-to-day situation, but an MRI is scheduled. Deven Marrero will start at shortstop and bat eighth on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays. Tuesday, 1:34 pm
  • Correa out 6-8 weeks with torn thumb ligament
    Astros placed SS Carlos Correa on the 10-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

    Advice: Correa is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks, putting him out until early-to-mid September. The star shortstop has been battling left thumb discomfort for a while and he aggravated the injury on a swing Monday night against the Mariners. He should be healthy in time for the playoffs and the Astros have a massive lead in the American League West standings, but this news obviously still stings. Marwin Gonzalez will be the primary fill-in at short. Tuesday, 1:14 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Xander Bogaerts moved down to No. 6 spot
    Xander Bogaerts has been moved down to the No. 6 spot in the Red Sox' order Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's the first time since May 5 that he's hit lower than third. Bogaerts is hitting just .154/.244/.231 so far in July. Tuesday, 12:19 pm
  • Trevor Story knocks in three runs
    Trevor Story went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a walk versus the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Story didn't start the last game before the break or the first game afterwards, but he's started the last three in a row and gone 5-for-12 with three doubles and five RBI. That's good news for his stock. Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 on Monday and is just 6-for-39 with two runs scored in July.

    Advice: Bogaerts wasn't great in June, either, and his average has declined from .339 on May 30 to .296 now. He could probably use more time off than he's gotten, something that was clearly the case last year, too. Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Carlos Correa dealing with jammed thumb
    Carlos Correa has been diagnosed with a jammed left thumb and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

    Advice: Correa injured the thumb on a swing Monday and it appears it was an aggravation of an injury that cost him a game earlier this month. We'll obviously know more about his status on Tuesday, but he would seem to be a good bet to miss at least a game or two. Monday, 7:08 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Carlos Correa leaves with hand/wrist injury
    Carlos Correa was lifted from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent left hand/wrist injury.

    Advice: Correa tweaked something on a swing in the fourth inning in his second plate appearance of the game. He missed time earlier this month with a left thumb injury, but it's unclear whether this might be related. The Astros should have an update soon on their star shortstop. Monday, 6:33 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Neil Walker (hamstring) does some running
    Neil Walker (hamstring) did some running Monday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since he landed on the disabled list back in mid-June with a strained left hamstring. Walker doesn't appear to be too far off from a rehab assignment as long as he can avoid a setback. Monday, 1:14 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-2 vs StL
  • Harrison back in Monday's lineup
    Josh Harrison is back in Monday's lineup against the Brewers.

    Advice: Harrison got a bit of a breather on Sunday. He'll hit leadoff Monday against Brewers lefty Brent Suter.Daily Slant: Harrison sets up as one of the premier value plays for tonight's slate against Brent Suter and the Brewers. Not only will Harrison find himself in the leadoff spot, but he actually owns some solid power numbers against southpaws to date. Coming into tonight, Harrison is sitting on a healthy .217 ISO vs. LHP on top of a 135 wRC+. Neither offense in this game sets up as a top stack, but the RH bats on the Pirates side are squarely in play, as are the lefties on the Milwaukee side. Monday, 12:35 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Mil
  • Addison Russell not in Monday's lineup
    Addison Russell is not in Monday's lineup versus the Braves.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off for the young shortstop. Javier Baez will cover shortstop duties and bat eighth. Ben Zobrist will bat leadoff and play second base. Monday, 11:45 am
  • Pedroia collects RBI single in win on Sunday
    Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 and drove in a run as the Red Sox salvaged the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

    Advice: Pedroia delivered a run-scoring single off of Masahiro Tanaka in the sixth inning that increased the Red Sox' advantage to 3-0 and capped the scoring in the ballgame. The veteran second baseman is enjoying another terrific season, slashing .307/.385/.396 with four homers, 43 RBI and four stolen bases. Sunday, 8:16 pm
  • Cory Spangenberg mashes three-run tater
    Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and a triple in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Spangenberg put a loud exclamation point on a rough day at the office for Jeff Samardzija, clocking a three-run home run in the third inning to give the Padres a 7-1 lead. They would go on to win by that final score. The 26-year-old third baseman has largely been a quiet performer with the bat this season, hitting .257/.294/.381 with six homers and 23 RBI across 65 games played. Sunday, 4:47 pm
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Bogaerts sits out nightcap against Yankees
    Xander Bogaerts is not in the Red Sox' lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

    Advice: It looks to be nothing more than a breather for Bogaerts. Tzu-Wei Lin is starting in his place at shortstop and batting ninth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees on Sunday night. Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Jonathan Villar swipes bag, fans three times
    Jonathan Villar went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and a steal in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Not the best of days at the office for Villar, though he did come up with his 17th steal of the season in the contest. He does not figure to approach the operatic high that were his 62 steals last season, but remains an ever-constant threat for theft when he reaches base. That does happen on occasion, but the speedy second baseman is hitting just .221/.287/.351 in 276 at-bats this season. Sunday, 2:52 pm
    L, 4-2 @Pit
  • Gregorius slugs 11th homer Sunday vs. BOS
    Didi Gregorius hit his 11th home run of the season Sunday in the Yankees' defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the top of the fifth inning off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. Gregorius also singled in the top of the fourth inning, finishing the first half of Sunday's doubleheader 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Danny Espinosa designated for assignment
    Angels designated 2B Danny Espinosa for assignment.

    Advice: Espinosa has played his usual terrific defense this season, but it wasn't enough to make up for a hideous .162/.237/.276 batting line. The Angels appear poised to roll with Nick Franklin as their regular second baseman, with Cliff Pennington sprinkled in. Sunday, 9:33 am
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  • Carlos Correa sitting out on Sunday
    Carlos Correa is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks like he's just getting a breather. Marwin Gonzalez is at shortstop. Sunday, 8:31 am
    10-Day DL
  • Russell goes 2-for-4 with a homer, three runs
    Addison Russell went 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: He took a Wade Miley offering over the left field wall in the second inning. It was his ninth longball of the season and provided his 31st RBI. He also homered in Friday's game. His owners would like to see the 23-year-old start paying off on some of his vaunted potential. He seems to be heating up a little after a very slow early portion of the season. His slash line is .234/.305/.411 through 292 plate appearances. Saturday, 7:40 pm
  • Addison Russell clubs go-ahead homer in ninth
    Addison Russell clubbed a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning on Friday, powering the Cubs to a 9-8 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: The Cubs utilized four early home runs to take an 8-0 lead through three innings, which they would give completely back over the next five frames. Russell tagged O's closer Brad Brach for the solo shot in the ninth that proved to be the difference. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and is now hitting .230/.300/.398 with eight long balls and 30 RBI on the season. Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Cozart hitless in loss to Nationals
    Zack Cozart went 0-for-4 in Friday’s loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: The All-Star shortstop is 8-for-32 (.250) with two doubles, one triple, and two RBI since coming off the disabled list at the end of June. The impending free agent is open to an extension with the Reds, but he’s a logical trade chip this month. If he’s moved, Jose Peraza would likely take over at shortstop, with Scooter Gennett covering second base duties. Friday, 8:05 pm
    L, 12-2 vs Ari
  • Giants activate Eduardo Nunez from 10-day DL
    Giants activated INF Eduardo Nunez from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nunez had been sidelined for a couple of weeks due to a strained hamstring. Prior to landing on the shelf, he was slashing .299/.323/.413 with four homers, 25 RBI and 17 swipes in 254 at-bats. Friday, 3:20 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) ready for rehab
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: It's unclear how many rehab games he'll require before being activated. Flaherty is out with right shoulder tendinitis, which has bothered him all season. Friday, 1:36 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 4-5 vs Tex
  • Trevor Story not in Friday's lineup
    Trevor Story is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He didn't start the team's last game before the All-Star break, either. Pat Valaika is at shortstop again while Story sits. Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Nunez (hamstring) still on track for Friday
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is expected to return Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Nunez has had a few starts and stops in his recovery from a strained hamstring but should be ready to go for Friday night's series opener. After serving as the DH on Wednesday, Nunez is slated to play six innings at third base in his second rehab outing Thursday for High-A San Jose. He'll resume an everyday role at third base upon his return. Thursday, 7:31 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) making progress
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) is expected to work out on Thursday.

    Advice: He's visiting with team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs on Thursday and is expected to gain clearance for infield drills. Flaherty has been hampered by shoulder tendinitis for the better part of two months. He's eligible to return from the 60-day DL next week, but it looks like he'll probably need more time. Thursday, 2:12 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 4-5 vs Tex
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) DHing in rehab game
    In a late lineup change, Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is starting at designated hitter, rather than third base, in Wednesday's minor league rehab game with High-A San Jose.

    Advice: The Giants have not yet offered a reason for the position switch in the rehab game, but the obvious concern, here, would be that Nunez is not yet ready to play the field. He previously had his rehab stalled due to renewed discomfort at the beginning of July. If there has been another setback, the team should pass along word. Nunez was expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. Wednesday, 6:53 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Nunez (hamstring) set to begin rehab games
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) will play in minor league rehab games with High-A San Jose on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Advice: Should Nunez make it through these two games without issue, he is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. He might have been able to return earlier, but those hopes were scuttled after he suffered a slight setback with his left hamstring during the initial rehab assignment at the beginning of July. Nunez has been out of action for the past three weeks. Wednesday, 5:28 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Jose Ramirez goes 2-for-2 in ASG
    Jose Ramirez had two singles and a stolen base in Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

    Advice: Ramirez started at third base and collected hits against Max Scherzer and Carlos Martinez, but he was lifted in the bottom of the fourth for Miguel Sano, finishing the evening 2-for-2. Ramirez hit his 17th home run of the season in the Indians' first-half finale against the Tigers on Sunday. He has an outstanding .332/.388/.601 batting line in 2017. Tuesday, 9:40 pm
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,OF
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) expected back Fri.
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Nunez was backed off his rehab assignment for a few days after feeling discomfort in his ailing left hamstring, but he'll return to game action for High-A San Jose on Wednesday. He's been on the shelf for the last three weeks. Jul 10, 3:14 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Jose Ramirez goes deep in loss to Tigers
    Jose Ramirez clobbered his 17th home run of the season as the Indians dropped their first half finale to the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: The American League's starting third baseman in Tuesday's All-Star game, Ramirez finished the first half strong by going 2-for-3 plus a walk. His two-run blast off of Michael Fulmer pulled the Tribe to within two runs at 5-3 in the seventh inning, but that would be as close as they would get. Ramirez has had an outstanding first half, slashing .332/.388/.601 with 17 homers and 48 RBI. Jul 9, 9:03 pm
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,OF
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